UM Center for Health and Homeland Security Expands Academic Opportunities with New National Security Law Course
Through the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) Founder and Director Michael Greenberger will hold the first class of a newly minted course “National Security, Electronic Surveillance and Bulk Data Collection: The Withering of the Fourth Amendment” on Friday, January 17, 2014. Greenberger is a professor at UM Carey Law and developed the topic and materials following recent leaks of top secret U.S. security practices that are sure to have an impact on the legal profession for years to come.
An academic consulting agency with more than 50 professionals on staff, CHHS works on over 90 contracts world-wide to research, develop, and test preparedness and response strategies for clients in the public health, emergency preparedness, crisis management, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism arena. The Center was founded in 2002 as a result of 9/11 and the recognition that national security would become a growing area of academic study, as well as a career path that would need professionals with the ability to apply legal best practices to real-world policy development.
Greenberger, along with several CHHS staffers, developed and continue to teach four additional courses at UM Carey Law: Homeland Security and the Law of Counterterrorism (began in 2002); Law and Policy of Emergency Public Health Response (began 2010); Law and Policy of Cybersecurity (began 2012) and; Law and Policy of Crisis Management (began 2013). Due to the recurring demand for courses in the field, and a rise in careers that require specific knowledge of current issues, Greenberger devised this latest course to study whether massive National Security Agency data collection practices revealed by government contractor Edward Snowden can be legally sustained under the Fourth Amendment.
The Center also offers an academic internship each semester, and employs students as Research Assistants – both opportunities to gain hands-on experience. More than 95 UM Carey Law graduates have been hired by CHHS since opening, as well as professionals with masters and doctorates in the field, to utilize their expertise to meet the needs of the Center’s client base.